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FACTBOX-World's top oil and commodities traders

23 Sep

LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Louis Dreyfus is the latest independent energy and commodities trading house considering listing shares, banking sources and French daily Le Figaro said on Wednesday.

Following are the unlisted, world’s top independent traders.

LOUIS DREYFUS

* France’s Louis Dreyfus Group is a worldwide trader, processor and merchandiser of various agricultural and energy commodities.

* It also trades ocean freight, metals and financial instruments and is involved in real estate and electricity distribution.

* It launched in 1851 in Alsace, in the eastern part of France.

* Its commodity trading subsidiary generates $35 billion in revenue.

GLENCORE INTERNATIONAL AG GLEN.UL

* Was founded in 1974 by Marc Rich as Marc Rich & Co.

* The current chief executive officer is Ivan Glasenberg.

* It is headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, and employs about 2,000 people worldwide, directly, indirectly.

* It has three main business groups — metals and minerals, energy products and agricultural products.

* Privately held Glencore is preparing to become a listed company after issuing a $2.2 billion convertible bond last year.

* In August, it posted a 42 percent jump in first-half net profit to $1.56 billion and unveiled plans for spinning off or listing its gold assets, which may be worth over $5 billion.

* Glencore directly or through its subsidiaries holds significant stakes in publicly listed companies such as Xstrata Plc. (XTA.L)

GUNVOR INTERNATIONAL B.V

* Gunvor International is registered in Amsterdam with a major trading operation in Geneva.

* It was founded in 1997 by Swedish oil trader Torbjorn Torknqvist and Russian businessman Gennady Timchenko.

* Gunvor handles about a third of Russian crude exports.

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